Psalm 67:7

God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him - Psalm 67:7

This - Psalm is full of yearnings for the salvation of mankind. The selfish desire for the exclusive blessing of the chosen people is lost sight of in the catholic yearning that all the earth should fear Jehovah. Indeed, this is the ground on which the psalmist rests his personal claim for the Divine blessing. It is as though he said, "We only ask for gifts of grace, that through us they may be transmitted to all mankind." Turn us again, O God, that times of refreshing may come from thy presence to all men; our one desire is that the peoples may praise Thee.

We are reminded of those noble words of Andrew Fuller, to whom the initiation of modern missions to the heathen is so largely due: "We met and prayed for the heathen. We were drawn out of ourselves. God blessed us while we tried to be a blessing. Our hearts were enlarged, and we were baptized into a deeper sympathy with the soul-saving purposes of the Redeemer."

Are we infected with this noble passion? Do we echo from our hearts the repeated prayer of this psalm: "Let all the peoples praise Thee"? Do we ask for blessing from our own God, that we may be able to be a greater blessing to others?. It is because God is "our own God," that we are so anxious to make Him known. Oh that we might be carried out to sea on the tide of God's purposes, and yearnings, and pity; and long as the psalmist did that his saving health might be known among all nations!

"Whoso hath felt the Spirit of the Highest,
Cannot confound, nor doubt Him, nor deny;
Yea, with one voice, O world, though thou deniest.
Stand thou on that side, for on this am I."